Police Seek 2 Juvenile Bandits In Connection With Strong-Arm Robbery At Lake Elsinore Mini Mart

The heist at the Lakeshore Drive ampm store, being described by police as a strong-arm robbery, was allegedly pulled off by three thieves, but only one has been caught.

Police say a strong-arm robbery Sunday at the Lake Elsinore ampm mini mart on Lakeshore Drive involved three male suspects, but only one was caught.

Now law enforcement is asking for the public’s help in finding the other two who are described as juveniles.

The alleged incident began at 5:18 p.m. Sunday when deputies were dispatched to the ampm store located at 16851 Lakeshore Drive in reference to a report of a strong-arm robbery.

“According to the information obtained from the clerk, three male subjects attempted to leave the store without paying for various consumer goods concealed on their persons. When confronted, a physical altercation ensued between the store clerk and one of the suspects,” Sgt. Ken Chaffin of the Lake Elsinore Police Department reported.

All three suspects fled the scene, the sergeant explained, noting that the store clerk was not injured.

Moments after the alleged incident, deputies located and detained a man matching the description of one of the suspects.

Tommie Lee Nelson, 20, of Lake Elsinore, was not only identified as one of the bandits, he was also fingered as the man responsible for assaulting the store clerk, according to Chaffin’s report.

Nelson was later booked at the Southwest Detention Center in French Valley.

“The two outstanding suspects were described only as Hispanic male juveniles with short hair. They were last seen fleeing the area on foot. The investigation is ongoing,” Chaffin said.

Anyone with additional leads regarding the incident is encouraged to contact Investigator Michael Callahan at the Lake Elsinore Police Department at (951) 245-3300, or after hours and weekends by calling (951) 776-1099.

During Nelson’s detainment, a portion of the stolen property was recovered and returned to the victim, Chaffin said.

ROBERT BLACKMEN January 28, 2013 at 04:55 PM
Good job..more scum of are streets
Brad January 28, 2013 at 06:11 PM
What a success story. Tommie Nelson lives in Perris, is "Boss lol" at "your moms bed" here's his Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tommie.nelson
BIGDAVE January 28, 2013 at 10:31 PM
I bought gas there and I ended up being involved in a shooting. I still remember being on my hand and knees with the young man before he died. As you go into the store there is something to remind me of that night and that is a bullet hole in the wood post on the right side at the top. Not a safe place.
Dog January 29, 2013 at 12:25 PM
This poor young man had lost his EBT card on his way to school and was simply asking the clerk if he had found it, when will the AM/PM counter-clerk racism in Lake Elisnore ever end?
D A January 29, 2013 at 03:57 PM
I'm sure the store has video. Post their picture so we know what they look like so we can notify police and has a good job regarding the other two.
Tony January 29, 2013 at 07:01 PM
not bright to put people business on here like that brad
Belinda February 28, 2013 at 11:53 PM
And notifying the police will do what exactly??? Oh, that's right NOTHING!!!!
Carlos Torres April 25, 2013 at 03:49 PM
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